18 thoughts on “Search, Mix & Play with Songza”

  1. The only thing I found I didn’t like is the quality of the music. I understand it’s grabbing the songs from YouTube and other places which have a bit lower quality than I like. Great for spur of the moment. Not so great for audiophiles.

  2. Hey Mr. Malik.

    Hope the Thanksgiving went well for you!

    I don’t know why, but for some reason I feel the songs “somehow” directly come from YouTube, as they already have an options called watch on YouTube + the quality is kind of flv to mp3 quality, if you know what I mean.

    Well, the best proof I just found is this:
    If you have firebug, then you’ll know what’s really going on behind the scenes.
    When the Web site loads, there’s one call to “top” file. The returned data is in JSON format. Look at the “id” tag. Now go to YouTube. In the YouTube url, replace the watch parameter with this id, and you’ll see a video show up.
    For example, right now the top song is: Faizal Tahir, and the id is: 5UqJ0IpZuyQ. So, the YouTube url would be: http://youtube.com/watch?v=5UqJ0IpZuyQ and so that Faizal Tahir video shows up.

    Sorry to blow the bubble, but songza, in my opinion is still a great service to find songs quickly, so, I guess, keep it up!

  3. Any engine that knows Shri, whom I have had the pleasure of seeing play bass (and he is absolutely amazing) and tabla on more than a few occasions is a must check. That said, I am picky about quality, so if that is below par I don’t see myself staying with Songza

  4. I’ve been using Songza for a couple of weeks now and I must say I’m very impressed. The thing that really got ne hooked was the super-simple interface. I can’t recall another web-based service that makes it so easy to rate (thumbs ‘up’ or ‘down’) and add tunes to a playlist.

    Such a simple little interface it makes you wonder why no one has executed the idea before… but that’s exactly what’s so good about it – the best ideas are always like that.

    If you haven’t had a play around yet, then you really should!

  5. Om,

    Great discovery . You a Rishi Rich fan too ? I treid to test it extremely by asking for Daler mehndi and mehsopuria – even hema sardesai. Songza delivered. of course it had no results when I used my name ( of course I haven’t sung any songs) and I am happy it did not offer any alternatives.



  6. It seems to be the age of instant gratification music services. Lord knows how long it’ll take the RIAA to rain down a crapstorm on these people, but it sure is cool to see great tunes at the click of a mouse. Lala.com is another cool site that also allows you to sync the contents of your iPod for streaming anywhere.

  7. I met Aza Raskin, the mind behind songza, at TechCocktail in Chicago a couple weeks back, and he seems like a very cool guy and even exchanged a few e-mails with him. After meeting him, i looke online to check out what else this kid has done and was quite amazed. Check out his wikipedia profile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aza_Raskin , he is tech legacy. According to wikipedia his father started the Macintosh project http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef_Raskin . This is some pretty insightful reading.

  8. or perhaps more simply, spot the same typos!! (I searched for ‘Perfect Day’, and one of the entries was: ‘varoius artists’, just as it is in YouTube.

  9. Samuel you are spot on. But as I summed it up – great for casual listening when you have a craving for a particular song or album.

  10. i don’t know they are asking about paying for every songs play on songza website but

    how they are earning money from there website after all they are providing free service …

    and they are using you tube and other site videos then to whom they are paying ?????

    can any one have an idea about it ………………….. 🙂

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